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KON Member Spotlight

This feature on the KON Website highlights an outstanding campus member or alumni member who has contributed to the chapter or community in a significant way. Share your recent accomplishments and honors and/or newsworthy activities and success stories.

The Member Spotlight is by invitation or by nomination and is selected by staff. One outstanding member is highlighted each month.

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Member Spotlight - August 2013

Helen Marcotte

Helen MarcotteHelen Marcotte received her Bachelor's and is currently finishing her Master's degree in Family and Consumer Sciences at Eastern Illinois University. Along with her undergraduate degree, her concentration was in merchandising with a minor in business. Before the Fall/Spring 2013 year started, she attended the Kappa Omicron Nu Leadership Conclave in August and went on to be the vice president of EIU's Kappa Alpha Theta Chapter. Helen was also chosen as the graduate assistant to work in Eastern's textile/design laboratory during the school year.

Alongside obtaining her Master's degree, Helen received the Eileen F. Hubbard Scholarship and the William's Travel Grant in order to help fund her trip to the American Collegiate Retailing Association held in Nashville, Tennessee in March. While at the conference, she presented a workshop with Dr. Katie Shaw entitled If You Can't Beat Them, Join Them: Using Smartphone Applications in the Retail Classroom to Enhance Student Learning. Additional research on Wash Fastness Between 100% Cotton and Organic Cotton was accepted for the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Annual Conference and Expo in June.

Her thesis, the Consumer Behavior Relationship Between Mothers and Their Adult Daughters, explores communication patterns and intergenerational influences within the mother-adult daughter dyad to help understand daughters' consumer patterns. Her thesis will be completed by the end of summer. Helen will be moving to New York City in August to work as an intern at Say Yes to the Dress's Kleinfeld Bridal. After the internship ends in December, she hopes to stay in New York in hopes of finding a permanent retail job there.


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